A defective AC compressor clutch assembly can cause excessive noise or vibration when the air conditioning is on. Improved parts are available. Replacing the faulty clutch assembly does not necessitate replacement of the complete AC compressor or evacuation and recharging of the air conditioning system.
Car Problem Reports
Kia Rondo Failure of AC Compressor Clutch
Kia Rondo Problem
Average Mileage: 68,704 mi (10,000 mi - 150,000 mi)
Visitor, 2008 Kia Rondo, 64,000 mi
The A/C just stopped working. The warranty supposedly ran out at 60,000 miles. Compressors run over 800.00 from the dealer. I am sooooooooooo angry. Why would Kia not fix this in a recall?
Visitor, 2009 Kia Rondo
This is the 2nd Kia
Rondo 2009, I have had and this will be my last Kia as their 100,000 mile warrant is a bunch of crap. If you buy the car 2nd hand it only goes to 60,000 miles, unlike other car manufacturers that honor their warranty. It should tell us something. I HAD THE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THE OTHER 2009 KIA RONDO 9 (WHICH I TOTALED AFTER I HAD IT REPAIRED AND A NEW AC COMPRESSOR INSTALLED)THE MILEAGE WAS BETWEEN 80000 AND 85,000, now I have around 84000 on the 2nd one and same problem and it started around 82000, we contacted Kia and they told us they knew of no such problems. I think they are lying and I do not plan on buying another KIa EVER!!! AS THEY DO NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT!!
Visitor, 2008 Kia Rondo, 70,000 mi
used the A/C for the first time after purchasing the vehicle in Feb. very warm March...2 weeks after 30 day warranty expired...the A/C is blowing warm air.
Visitor, 2007 Kia Rondo, 10,000 mi
For a long time I would hear a noise coming from my ac when turned on. The noise was not too bad so I didnt think much of it. Until recently I went from having cold ac to hot air in a day. Plus, the noise became extremely loud;then the burning smell. The kicker was when I was parked and it just stopped cranking. Now I have been told it will cost about 1000
bucks. Is there anything kia corp. willing to do to help with these expenses??
Visitor, 2007 Kia Rondo, 73,438 mi
A/c still works but is making a whining sound when the clutch is engaged
The dealership has told me the whole air compressor has to be replaced. My car makes a whining sound and continues whether the air is on or not.
Visitor, 2008 Kia Rondo, 17,000 mi
Same noise, Kia replaced the clutch, but still some noise, was told that if it got worse to bring it back. Not any worse just annoying
Visitor, 2007 Kia Rondo, 67,000 mi
Compressor made knocking noises and when taken into the dealer they said it was normal, warranty expired and so di compressor, replaced with upgraded unit and lines out of pocket not happy at all.
Visitor, 2008 Kia Rondo, 81,813 mi
same as the others on, off. stop cooling . took to shop. put 2# coolent in still hot asked $2000. to fix it says it ele. something . were lol when i left??????
Visitor, 2008 Kia Rondo, 44,000 mi
I noticed over the winter that the A/C wasn't blowing cold air, but assumed it would be a minor fix. When I took Rondo to my (reliable and honest)garage in May -- just before the cooling season -- I discovered the AC clutch was shot and that the repair estimate was $2,000. The warranty had just expired; the car had been in service for 5 years. I could not afford the repair and spent the summer sweltering behind the wheel. This seems like such a major problem in a relatively "young" car. Very disappointed.